Australia's Central Bank Keeps Currency Intervention as Option

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By James Glynn SYDNEY--Australia's central bank Gov. Glenn Stevens said intervention in currency markets to help drive the Aussie dollar lower remained a real option. Speaking to a parliamentary committee Wednesday, Mr. Stevens also said that the chance of a ...

Germany Factory-Gate Prices Fall More Than Expected in July

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

FRANKFURT--Factory-gate prices in Germany fell more than expected in July as energy prices continued to depress the index, suggesting further downside risks to the inflation outlook, data from the country's statistics office showed Wednesday. The producer price index decreased by ...

Argentina Moves to Pay Exchange Bondholders

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

BUENOS AIRES--Argentine President Cristina Kirchner said Tuesday night that her administration will seek congressional approval to make payments on its international bonds in Argentina after a creditor dispute in U.S. courts led the country to default on some of its ...

RBA Keeps Currency Intervention as Option

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

SYDNEY--Australia's central bank Gov. Glenn Stevens said intervention in currency markets to help drive the Aussie dollar lower remained a real option. Speaking to a parliamentary committee Wednesday, Mr. Stevens also said that the chance of a significant drop in ...

Japan Exports Log Modest Rise in July

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

TOKYO--Japan's exports rose in July for the first time in three months, but imports were unexpectedly robust, leading to a larger-than-expected deficit amid a gradual pickup in global economic growth. Both the government and the Bank of Japan are keeping ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Extend Gains After Housing Starts

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By William Watts and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures hit new premarket highs after a stronger-than-expected jump in July housing starts, adding to upside momentum sparked by a stronger tone in Europe and positive earnings. ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Fails To Hold Strength In Wake Of U.S. Data

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Hiroyuki Kachi The dollar was almost flat against the yen in Asia Tuesday, with the greenback unable to extend overnight strength in the wake of better-than-expected U.S. housing data. The dollar (USDJPY) rose to Yen102.60 from Yen102.56 late Monday ...

CURRENCIES: U.S. Dollar Index Climbs To 11-month High

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch , Hiroyuki Kachi NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- A widely-watched U.S. dollar index was on track to close at its highest level in nearly a year on Tuesday as the greenback mounted a tepid climb against its ...

BOND REPORT: Treasurys Rise After CPI, Housing Data

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices climbed Tuesday after U.S. economic data showed benign inflation and a surge in housing starts, lending support to the Federal Reserve's low-rate policies. The 10-year Treasury note (10_YEAR) yield, which ...

Crude-Oil Futures Bounce in Europe

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Francesca Freeman Crude-oil futures rose in Europe Tuesday, bouncing after the previous session's slump. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in September traded at $96.70 a barrel in morning European trade, up $0.29 ...

Euro Zone's Current Account Surplus Narrows

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

FRANKFURT--The euro zone's current account surplus narrowed in June, according to data published Tuesday by the European Central Bank. The current account balance, a broad measure of an economy's international financial position, was in a surplus of EUR13.1 billion in ...

Consumer Prices Rose 0.1% in July--Update

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Nick Timiraos WASHINGTON--Consumer prices advanced in July at their slowest pace since February, a sign of muted inflation pressure that could give the Federal Reserve more flexibility as it considers how much longer to keep short-term interest rates near ...

U.S. Business Inventories-Historical

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

Seasonally adjusted inventories and sales in millions of dollars. R denotes revision. Source: U.S. Commerce Department. -TOTAL INVENTORIES- -BUSINESS SALES- -INVTY/ Mo Ago Yr Ago Mo Ago Yr Ago SALES- Level % chg % chg : Level % chg % ...

U.S. Industrial Production-Historical

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

Changes in percent from prior month, except where noted. R denotes revised. M-O-M denotes month on month. Y-O-Y denotes year over year. Source: U.S. Federal Reserve. Total Index Manufacturing Index M-O-M Y-O-Y M-O-M Y-O-Y % Cap Utilization Month Level % ...

Oil Futures Skid Ahead of Expiration, Storage Data

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Nicole Friedman NEW YORK--U.S. oil futures slid below $95 a barrel for the first time since January as high global supplies continued to weigh on the market and traders closed positions ahead of the front-month contract's expiration. Light, sweet ...